Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Girls are a Week Old Already......

The chicks turned a week old yesterday and are getting bigger and stronger.  They say to give them all they want to eat, so every few hours I add more to their box.  They have a feeder, but we also place some of their chick starter right on top of their wood shavings.  They're learning to scratch and search for food now. We also have some grit in a small dish since they're not outside eating and digging in the dirt.

One thing about baby chicks - you have to make sure their little bottoms are clean and that their little "vents" are clear.  Twice a day we check and if necessary soak their bottoms in warm water and remove any little "doodles."  This can be life threatening for these little gals.  They just had their little "sitz" baths and have been fed and put to bed. 

They wake throughout the night and chatter to one another and then fall back asleep.  One is still pecking occasionally during the night on the side of the box and we get such a kick out of hearing that.

I never knew that baby chicks could be such fun!

Somewhere in all of this, I even managed to make another little purse!

1 comment:

Caffeine Girl said...

Your girls are so cute. I also had not idea chickens could be so interesting.

I love the way people are keeping chickens -- it one way to start reconnected with our food.